“Want a happier, more contented life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in Mindfulness. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence
Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting - but it doesn’t have to be this way.
This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.
By investing just a few minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. This audio edition is an introduction to the technique which will give you the tools to put you back in control and able to enjoy life again.
This audiobook contains 37 chapters. Chapters 1-28 explain what mindfulness is and how it works, while the 8 guided meditations are placed at the end (Chapters 29-37) for ease of repeated practice.
©2011 Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman (P)2011 Hachette Digital
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrators voice was pleasant to listen to and nice and calm and relaxing. I would recommend this book to people who struggle to meditate or be 'in the moment' ... The great thing is that the mindfulness exercises are only 8-15min long, to be practised twice a day.... So for me (who usually falls asleep during long meditations) this worked well. It also gives you a chance to try all different sorts of meditation, moving, guided, laying, seated etc and find one style that works well for you.
My first impression of this book was of a presenters voice that did not offend my ear along with a genuineness and a welcome warmth. The credentials of the authors as university researchers gave me confidence to listen further. Also it gives the explanation as to the benefits of mindfulness in relation to other treatments for depression and anxiety.
I am certainly feeling motivated to follow the programme as a result and am experiencing benefits two weeks in.
As I get more attuned to the process I am aware of immediate benefits from the meditations and I now have tools available to apply when needed. I feel immense gratitude that this book is available and very reasonably priced compared to the value . An update that allows me to see the chapter headings in bigger type in the dark is awesome. I just wish I could have the voice over " This is Audible " at the beginning instead of the end as the three minute breathing exercise at the end is sometimes all I need to get to sleep but the voice over jolts me awake.
Listen it whenever I was down. I was lifted then.
Sincere. Very professional.
It makes me feel into sleep. Calming.
An excellent course, and one of the most useful and readily applyable I have ever come across! Do it, it will impact your life positively.
Very practical and helpful guide to mindfulness. Clear and easy to understand. Useful mindfulness activities at the end. Most are short and doable for the beginner. Just a few minutes of regular practice can improve daily coping, reduce stress and have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing.
It was a good basic introduction to the concepts. Need to read the full text to get to the guts of it.
I have not been brought up to consider this side of my being. Obviously, there is much more to me to explore.
A great intro to the basics, read it, learn, and grow. Good luck!
"Putting it simple"
A down-to-earth guide into mindfulness meditation. Clear, concise and easy to follow. Very well narrated.
Everyday I travel 70 miles back and forth to work passing the same scenery, cars, faces along with the burdens of thinking a whirlwind of present and catastrophic thoughts. This audio book has made a vast difference in enabling myself to slow down and realise how to break through from my self tangled visitations and become more at peace. Now enjoy my travels to work thanks to this great audio book.
"Great book, but needs bookmarks"
Really enjoyed this book, but going to emulate the point of the previous reviewer, it does not have bookmarks - specifically it is actually 2 books, 0-1h17 is the theory section that introduces the meditations, from 1h18 onwards are the meditations referred to in the text,
"VERY EASY ON THE EAR"
I really enjoyed listening to Mark Williams's narration. I found his tone absolutely perfect conveying sympathy and understanding for those who find meditation difficult because they can't concentrate!.
I listened to the whole book before going back to do the exercises and have to agree with the other reviewer in that the format is a little frustrating but that is a minor point for me. I am looking forward to being able to be "live in the moment"
"Bookmarking a must!"
I really enjoyed the quiet, calm tones of the author and the the theory section which was put together well and actually quite interesting. I really got a lot out of doing the meditations and they are well narrated and sufficiently explained to allow the listener to get a lot out of them. My only real gripe with the book is it's formatting. It is really hard to go from the theory to the meditation without either spending ages putting in bookmarks (which don't seem to then sync across my devices and I have to do it again!) or just going to and from with the player controls in the vague hope you hit on the right one.
"Just what the Doctor ordered"
I found this book very helpful and well written . Having just completed a Mindfulness course , this book cemented my previous training . Whether you are new to mindfulness or have some experience this book will help. Mark Williams voice is a pleasure to listen to during the meditation exercises. The exercises have helped me to stay focused and in the moment which helps create an inner peace in a stressful world .Highly recommend this book if you want to learn Mindfulness meditation .
"Well worth a listen to"
If you are interested in mindfulness either on a personal level or to use in a professional setting, this is a great basis to start from
"So Fantastic, I want to open a meditation centre"
The voice of Mark Williams was perfect for this subject and the content had me hooked from the first sentence. The fact that all the exercises/meditations are then easily broken into chapters make it so easy to follow and start a life to greater mindfulness.
Doing the raisin test, absolutely amazing! I've got all my friends to do it.
The warmth and tone of his voice is perfect and really helps with the meditation exercises.
It made me cry.
Mindfulness is such a powerful tool it's something we should all be taught at an early age. Cultures that we see as more primitive than our Western culture have been using these techniques every day and for years, we should follow their lead and be more mindful every day for our own health & well being and for the good of the greater communities as well.
I loved reading the book but it's really good to just relax and have the chapters read to you. Easy to listen to, easy to follow and it works.
If you've never tried anything like this before then this is a really good starting point and it's easier to do than you think. It's worth the effort for sure.
"hard to go with the flow"
I learned a lot from this book, and enjoyed Mark William's relaxed and kindly-sounding voice. However I do not think the audio format very appropriate as it precludes alternating between the first section (theory) to the second section (practical meditation techniques) as the author presumably intended. In the end I had to spend some time writing down "bookmarks" for the recommended exercises. I got the book on subscription but if I'd paid separately, I would have been annoyed - meditation calming techniques notwithstanding!
"peace of mind available here!!"
an excellent practical resource for anyone suffering from a busy mind right through to anxiety based thinking, It came with a good reccomendation from a therapeutic professional. Uses down to earth real life scenarios to explain ideas. But is also not shy of describing a more philosophical basis for cultivating mindfulness in our daiIy lives, (using eastern thought), and how it releases us from suffering. Enjoy! I really did. Lots of information. It's very comprehensive. Does not include timed exercises which I thought it would. But it does talk through and explain exactly what to do. You may also like The Compassionate mind by Paul Gilbert.
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